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Made by the Ladish Forging Company in the 1960s, this industrial film shows the company's forging process and the contributions the company made to developing pressure vessels for use on board U.S. missiles and rockets.  The die-forged closures with integral outlets, with a body of rolled seamless rings, produced a highly dependable missile body.   Ladish remains a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage
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Made in 1942 by Paramount, PRICE OF VICTORY received an Oscar nomination.  Based on a speech delivered fireside chat style by Vice President Henry A. Wallace, the second of F.D.R.'s three Vice Presidents and a controversial figure at the time.  The original speech shown here was delivered on May 8, 1942 in New York City at the Free World Association.  In that version of the speech, Wallace envisioned a future United Nations as a community of nations that would democratize the world....
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This silent film shows an early production Polaris missile, possibly the prototype, being placed onto a transport cradle. The Polaris missile was a two-stage Solid-fuel rocket nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) built during the Cold War by Lockheed Corporation of California for the United States Navy. It was designed to be used for second strike countervalue (CEP not good enough for first strike counterforce) as part of the Navy's contribution to the United States arsenal...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, Polaris Missile, Lockheed, SLBM
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows the process by which iron ore is refined in a smelter. Iron ore is a mineral substance which, when heated in the presence of a reductant, will yield metallic iron (Fe). It almost always consists of iron oxides, the primary forms of which are magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (Fe2O3). Iron ore is the source of primary iron for the world's iron and steel industries. Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, iron, ore, Film
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One of a group of films made by General Motors for the purposes of driver's education. the "We Drivers" series dates back to at least the 1940s.  This particular film shows the freeways of Houston, Texas in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  The film uses the relatively new technology of the traffic helicopter to provide a new perspective on highway safety, showing how maneuvers in traffic on the beltways can cause accidents.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Traffic
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Made during the time of Hitler's Third Reich, this silent educational film (made to have a script read over it while it played) shows the varying borders of Western Germany during the period 1871- 1935, including after the Treaty of Versailles in 1918.  Doubtless part of the idea and motivation behind this film was to demonstrate to the German people that many "Germanic peoples" were living in other parts of Europe nearby, and that Germany deserved to be a bigger state than it was...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Germany
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This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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Shot in the marine of Washington, D.C., this 1970s vintage Coast Guard film shows the procedures that are supposed to be used by USCG personnel to board pleasure craft. The flashing blue light of the Coast Guard boat, a police whistle, a load hailer, and siren are all demonstrated to "pull over" a suspect boat.  Once the boat owner complies, a safety inspection of the boat is made from stem to stern.  The owner is cited in this instance, for not having a fire extinguisher in an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coast Guard, USCG, Small Boats
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This silent film shows set-up and launch of an Argo D-8 Sounding Rocket.  The Argo-D8 (Journeyman) was a NASA developed four stage sounding rocket. It consisted of a Sergeant first stage boosted by two Recruit motors plus two tandem mounted Lance motor topped by an Altair (X-248) fourth stage. The first NASA use occured in 1960. Journeyman could lift 68 kg to 1600 km.  Sounding rockets are rockets that carry instruments into the upper atmosphere to investigate its nature and characteristics,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Sounding Rocket, NASA, Rocket
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These silent home movies were shot by an American serviceman during the Korean War.  Scenes include camp life in tents with lots of mud present, calisthenics in underwear (2:30), and more.  Around 5:00, there are shots of Korean civilians on the move with all their belongings, possibly as refugees of the war.  At the 5:20 mark is footage of a USO Camp Show featuring an unknown female performer (some of this footage is flopped).  American tanks are seen at the 6:40 mark, helicopters at the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Korean War, Home Movies, Film
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Made by the Arthur Barr organization in 1960, Stagecoach Westward tells the story of the stagecoach and shows how it helped open the West to settlers and "civilization."  Arthur Barr started his company in 1937 after working as an audio-visual technician for the Pasadena City Schools.  His company was famous for its well-made, if low-budget, educational films.  This one is no exception, showing in detail how the stage was operated and making students familiar with the terminology...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Stagecoach
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
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This U.S. Air Force film dates to the beginnings of the service branch, and shows the various styles of uniforms designed for women airmen, including overcoats, hats, duty shirt, etc.  It also shows uniforms for nurses, women's medical specialists, WACs, flight nurses, and enlisted.   When the U.S. Air Force first became a fully separate branch in 1947 personnel continued to wear uniforms nearly identical to the U.S. Army. The first Air Force-specific blue dress uniform, introduced in 1949,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Uniform, Fashion, WAC's
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Made in the 1930s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Peiping, now known as Beijing, China.  The film is rich in imagery, featuring shots of palaces, rickshaws, donkey carts, and the industrious people of pre-WWII China.  To appeal to an American audience, the film contains shots of American sailors from the Asiatic Fleet on holiday in the city.   At the 1:08 mark, a shopping district is shown, with modern trolley cars zipping down city streets and a steam locomotive chugging past...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, China, Beijing, Travelogue, Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of the newsmagazine “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 1 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). Title card: “Unclassified.” Opening titles: “See It Now Presents The Year of the Polaris” (0:08). Empty missile hatches...
Topics: Polaris, 1960, Nuclear Submarine, Missile Tests, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the era when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California (1967-1975), this news footage most likely dates from May, 1971. It first shows him at a press conference discussing whether teachers should receive pay for a holiday. At 1:37,  Reagan is seen deplaning a small twin engine Cessna 401A aircraft (presumably the Governor's plane) tail N6252Q, at the Sacramento Airport and being greeted by members of the press. Here the topic is about the size of the Governor's staff and a financial...
Topics: California, Governor, Ronald Reagan, 1971, Press Conference, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This U.S. Navy recruiting film from the 1970s, NUCLEAR NAVY, shows some of the Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carriers including USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS South Carolina (CGN-37).    Training is shown at Newport, Rhode Island, and the film contains a great montage that shows some of the enormous course load and academic rigor in the nuclear program.  The Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey is seen at the 6:55 mark.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Power, Newport, USS Nimitz
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An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Highballing To Victory, Film
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This late 1930s, early 1940s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It contains rare footage of tribe members foraging in the swamps amid alligators, wildcats and snakes. Alligators are harvested at the 2:20 mark.  Clothesmaking is seen at the 3:50 mark, using a sewing machine. Hunting is seen at the 5:00 mark. A scarce black bear is seen at the 5:30 mark. The film's droning and jingoistic narration is of course fairly appalling in...
Topics: periscope film, Stock Footage, Everglades, Florida, Seminoles
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Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland.  It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, Film, Tobacco, Cairns, Travel Literature, Australia
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960s educational film explains the operation of jet and rocket engines.  It uses simple physics demonstrations and animation to describe the concepts of reaction forces.  The various parts of a jet engine and rocket engine are described including the compressor, fuel injectors, turbine and burning chamber.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed,...
Topics: Film, Stock footage, Periscope Film, Jet Engine, Rocket Engine
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Made prior to World War II by Official Films, this silent newsreel THE MARINES HAVE LANDED shows the Marine Corps' basic training including hand-to-hand combat, rifle drill, classroom courses (including a lecture on battleship layout at the 1:30 mark).  It also includes footage of Marine airmen in training, flying biplanes, and Leatherneck paratroop trainees learning how to prep parachutes and jump out of C-47s.  Some of the footage appears to have been shot at Camp Pendleton and Marine...
Topics: Newsreel, US Marines, USMC, Marine, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker during a trip to Africa in the 1930s, this silent home movie shows the a safari and big game hunt. At :15, white hunters pose with a large group of locals, around a deceased bull elephant. At :44, natives pose with a large piece of elephant meat, and are shown butchering an animal. At 1:10, the tusk is removed by bearers. At 2:10, another bull elephant is seen, with the hunter proudly posing between its gigantic tusks. At 2:38, another view of the carcass, while the...
Topic: Stock Footage Periscope Film Vintage Hunting Africa
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Made in the late 1940s to promote their Dempster-Dumpster sanitation system, this silent film was created by the Dempster Brothers. It shows the use of Dempster-Dumpster containers in the city of Baltimore. The film shows the standard problems affiliated with trash collection in the 30s, 40's and 50s, with steel garbage cans used to remove refuse by hand. The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents...
Topics: Dempster Dumpster, Dumpster Waste Management, promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
Topics: 1940s, Newsreel, Tacoma Bridge, French Fleet, Oran, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
Topics: 1960, Chrysler, Plymouth, Automobile, Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This stock footage reel comes from the collections of the University of Arizona, Tucson which were sold by the institution in the early 2000s. Shots include the university's mall area (:18), Bear Down Gymnasium (:51), rose garden (2:11), Student Union (2:25), auditorium (4:00), stadium (5:47), swimming pool (6:15), We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is...
Topics: 1940s Union Camp Arizona, Tuscon, Campus, Staduim, Mall, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in accordance with the American War Standard in 1944, this 16mm test film features picture and sound samples which a projectionist would use to set up a room or theater, prior to exhibition of films. Since room acoustics can vary, as well as light levels, etc. this sort of film was "standard issue". Variable density recordings are featured.We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something...
Topics: WWII, Military Standard Projector, test, Movie Theater, 1944, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made in 1944 to promote the sale of War Bonds, THE LINE IS BUSY also doubles as an industrial incentive film — a film that attempts to motivate war workers to worker harder and smarter.   In the film, a man receives a letter from his recently wounded brother on the front lines, who has undergone an amputation, as his carefree girlfriend telephones from a nightclub, attempting to persuade him to take the night off from his vital job at the factory.  The refrain "the line is busy"...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, War Bond, 6th War Loan, U.S. Treasury Department
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This somewhat rough but very interesting 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1930s and was shot by a member of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.  The film shows an encampment of soldiers performing various duties including the dreaded K.P. or "Kitchen Patrol" at the 1:30 mark.  Horse drawn wagons, cavalry troops and a monoplane are seen in the film, as well as tanks, trucks and other vehicles.  Clearly this was shot in an era when horses and mechanized forces were still working...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Home Movies, United States Army
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Produced by General Electric in 1941, "Curves of Color" is an early color film that shows the old and new methods of distinguishing up to two million shades of color, including colors impossible to see with the human eye through photo-spectronomy, which at the time was a new science.  The film was featured in the January, 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.  The film is a delight to the eye and features laboratory use of the spectrophotometer.  J.L. Michaelson of G.E., who...
Topics: Spectrophotometry, Film, Educational Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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This 1978 NASA newsreel shows the activities for that year, including testing of the Space Shuttle prototype at Edwards Air Force Base.  Astronaut John Young is shown training with Robert Crippen at the Johnson Space Center, and additional shuttle mission specialists and pilots are shown. The shuttle Enterprise is shown arriving at the Marshall Space Center and all components of the Space Shuttle Transportation System are put together for the first time.  Shuttle boosters are shown being...
Topics: NASA, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Voyager 1, Astronomy
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Made in the late 1930s, this travelogue of Panama shows some of the ruins of the early colonization of the nation, as well as the modern Panama Canal -- the "Gateway to the Pacific".  The film contains footage of the construction of the canal and the "mammoth task" that joined two oceans.  There is terrific footage of steam shovels, steam engines and railroad trains, and construction personnel.   The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Panama Canal Zone, Locks, U.S. Navy
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Made in 1966, this short film shows a Communist political figure giving a speech at a factory commune, as well as (at the 3:00 mark) a parade celebrating the National Day of Celebration, the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.    This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Communist Party, Peoples republic Of China
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black and white 1930s film (part 4 of a series made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham Jr.) depicts the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York (TRT 17:22). Title card: “The Building of Rockefeller Center” (0:08). “Todd, Robertson & Todd, Engineering Corporation - Todd & Brown - Managers” and “Reinhard & Hofmeister - Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray - Hodd & Fouilhoux - Architects” (0:17). In a staged shot,...
Topics: 1930s, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Indianapolis 500, 1953 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Auto Racing
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This silent reel of documentary footage shows The People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1960s, illustrating the era of Chairman Mao Zedong’s reign of power leading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through the “Great Leap Forward” and the “Cultural Revolution” of the era, with emphasis on displays of military force, a shift toward industrialization, the Socialist Education Movement, and Mao’s personality cult (TRT: 16:01). The Great Wall of China and the Chinese coast. A musical...
Topics: China, 1960s, Cultural Revolution, Documentary, Mao Zedong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1939 film has a hilarious premise -- stunt driver Jimmie Lynch gives a radio show host the ride of his life.  Jimmie Lynch and his Death Dodgers were famous for their "Thrill Hunter" shows.  Auto thrill shows were a staple at State Fairs and other outdoor entertainment venues in this country. In the 1930s there were many pioneer auto show outfits operated by brave men like Joie Chitwood, Stoney Roberts, Lucky Teeter (who died giving a performance) and Jimmie Lynch who provided...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Dodge, Auto Show, Auto Stunt, Stunt Driver
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
Topics: WWII, Japan, Home Movie, Robert Eichelberger, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland.  It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Australia, Travel Literature, Tobacco, Queensland, Cairns
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This historic U.S. Navy promotional film entitled "Anchor's Aweigh", shows the fighting ships of the Navy as they appeared in the 1930s. It seems likely given that Panama is seen in the film, that this movie was shot during Fleet Problem XVII.  Fleet problem was the term used by the United States Navy to describe each of 21 large-scale naval exercises conducted between 1923 and 1940. They are labeled with Roman numerals, from Fleet Problem I through Fleet Problem XXI. A 22nd Fleet...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock footage, Anchors Aweigh, USS Langley, Panama Canal
Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
Topics: Polar Adventure, Polar Bear, Alaska, Taxidermy, Pat Salvino, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black and white vocational training film (with opening titles missing) aims to prepare beginner welders for safe and efficient handling of oxyacetylene torches with an educational tour of oxy-fuel welding techniques (TRT: 18:06). A man dons goggles and tests an ignited oxyacetylene torch. Narration: “Engineers are placing more and more confidence in this method of joining metals together” (0:06). A torch welder repairs a piece of damaged metal. A blowtorch and filler rod in closeup. A...
Topics: Oxyacetylene, 1950s, Educational Short Film, Welding, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made by the Walt Disney Company for the Office of Inter-American Affairs' Health for the Americas organization in 1944, INSECTS AS CARRIERS OF DISEASE promotes sanitary standards and provides an education in basic disease theory.  The cartoon presents "Charlie" who lives in a house infested with lice, mosquitoes and flies, an eventually pays the ultimate price for tolerating these "visitors", by dying of Typhus.  While this version of the film is in English, versions were...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Walt Disney, Mosquito, Sanitation
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie takes viewers through parts of Italy and France in the 1930’s. During this time period in Italy, the fascist party had grabbed a solid foothold over the country. Meanwhile in France, the Great Depression hit in 1931, later than in other countries. The film opens with images of boats lined up along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (:20). The Rialto bridge (:24) appears and is the oldest of the four bridges which cross over the Grand...
Topics: 1930s, Italy, Switzerland, France, Home Movie, Venice, Rome, Paris, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Filmed in the 1920s or early 1930s, this home movie was likely shot by Christian missionaries, and features delegates of the city of Hanzhou, Canton. The mission in question is very probably Congrégation du Cœur Immaculé de Marie – the Belgian Roman Catholic missionary congregation, established in 1865 in China and still present there.The footage starts by the scenes of everyday life for the water people of the Southern China and proceeds to show the missionary works of distributing food,...
Topics: 1930s, Home Movie, Belgian, Roman, Catholic Missionaries, Hanzhou, China, Stock footage, Periscope...
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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Spring Training, Catalina Island, 1940, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard, Waterfront, Port, 1971, USCG, Fire Safety
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Made in the 1950s for U.S. Navy pilot recruits, this historic film shows how to perform both wingovers and chandelles.  The film uses live action and animation to simulate the maneuvers, which are performed in an SNJ training aircraft.  A wingover (also called a wing-over-wing, crop-duster turn or box-canyon turn) is an aerobatic maneuver in which an airplane makes a steep climb, followed by a vertical flat-turn (the plane turns to its side, without rolling, similar to the way a car turns)....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Wingover, Chandelle Pilot Training, Pilot, U.S. Navy, Flight Trainer
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
Topics: 1929, Kreutzer, Trimotor, Airplane, Santa Monica, Clover Field, California, Stock Footage,...
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Directed by Leon Schauder for the Gaumont-British Instructional company in 1940, "Shipbuilders" shows the operation of a shipyard and the building and launching of merchant vessels from keel to smokestack.  A shipwright named Charlie Brown is interviewed in the course of the film, and the riveting and shaping of steel for the hull of a merchant vessel is shown.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Shipbuilding, Merchant Vessel, Steel, Steel Industry
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Made in the 1940s, this silent Castle Film shows members of the Seminole tribe, as well as South Americans, hunting and wrestling alligators, crocodiles and caymans.  The Burmese crocodile is seen at the 5:40 mark. The film ends with the rescue of a small boy about to snatched by one of these brutes. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crocodiles, Alligators, Seminole Indians Alligator wrestling
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These 1950s silent home movies were shot by a member of the U.S. Navy reserves.  Some of the sequences include a small air show complete with a fire fighting exercise and simulated helicopter rescue, and (at about the 4:30 mark) footage shot on board the USS Antietam, CV-36.  This includes flight deck activities with training aircraft including jets. At the 9 minute mark NAS Pensacola is shown including the matching cars owned by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.   USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, USS Antietam, Helicopter, United States Navy
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This 1940s silent educational film shows Washington D.C. in that era. Sights include Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol Building, Treasury Building, Union Station (1:15), and more.  Arlington Cemetery (4:47) and various monuments are seen, as well as Embassy Row, the White House (2:15), old War Department and Navy Department buildings (2:40), the new Pentagon Building at 3:00, the Supreme Court, and more.  Mount Vernon is seen after a cruise down the Potomac. Ford's Theater is seen at 5:30, the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Washington, Capitol Building, 1940, Washington DC
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This British film describes the De Havilland Hydromatic Airscrew, produced under license from Hamilton Standard.  The Hydromatic propeller represented a major advance in propeller design and laid the groundwork for further advancements in propulsion over the next 50 years. The Hydromatic was designed to accommodate larger blades for increased thrust, and provide a faster rate of pitch change and a wider range of pitch control. This propeller utilized high-pressure oil, applied to both sides of...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Propeller, Aircraft, Royal Air Force, Hamilton, De Havilland
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The Arm Behind the Army is a sensational propaganda film produced by the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 to encourage the home front to participate in war production -- the "Arm Behind the Army".  The film uses stock footage of both Japan and Germany, along with driving score and  urgent narration, to promote "outproducing the Axis".  This type of appeal was especially important in this era, as there was worry that labor unrest and strikes could torpedo the war effort. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Army Behind The Army, Signal Corps
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This historic NASA film documents the handling and care of moon rocks returned to Earth from the Sea of Tranquility by the astronauts of Apollo 11.  The Lunar Receiving Laboratory (shown at the 1:30 mark) was the facility where samples were examined, described, photographed, weighed, and prepared for study.  Interestingly, Earth plants and insects were exposed to the lunar materials to determine if there were any pathogens on the samples.   Apollo 11 carried the first geologic samples from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Moon, Moon Rock Apollo Program, mare Tranquillitatis
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white educational film from Cadbury Brothers Limited is about harvesting cocoa in Ghana, West Africa, where the Cadbury company maintained (and still maintains) plantations. It was directed by A.R. Taylor and photographed by famed cinematographer Skeets Kelly, and copyright 1948. Cadbury, formerly Cadbury's and Cadbury Schweppes, is a British confectionery company now owned by Mondelez International. It was established in Birmingham, England in 1824, by John Cadbury, a Quaker...
Topics: Cocoa Harvest, 1948, Cadbury Bros, Ghana West Africa, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by NASA in 1969, this forward-looking, color educational film is about the investigation of space and the benefits that research can produce for people on Earth. This includes benefits to a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including meteorology, geology, oceanography, and ecology. The film argues that the development of advanced technology, including the proposed space stations and probes seen in this film, likewise stimulates industrial innovation and production with...
Topics: Benefits From Space, 1969, NASA, Apollo Program, Earthbound, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of US Air Force news magazine films made in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, this episode of "Air Force Now" contains segments about the work of the inspector general, the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and the consequences of driving under intoxication or DUI, which at the time was an important area for new public awareness. Opening titles: Air Force Now (:09-:40).  Inspector general or (IG) watches training exercise. Soldier runs and takes cover. IG writes...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1980s, Globemaster, C-17, USAF, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about the construction of the Fontana Dam in Tennessee. In 1935, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which was concerned with the Little Tennessee's effect on flood control in the greater Tennessee Valley, began negotiating with Alcoa to assume control of the Fontana project. Although Alcoa preferred that TVA build the dam, TVA was unable to get necessary funding for the project until the outbreak of World War II in 1941, when emergency wartime initiatives...
Topics: 1947, Fontana Project, Tennesse Valley, Fontana Dam, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to the F-16 rollout in the mid-1970s, THE HOT PERFORMER shows the prototype F-16s being put through their paces at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film was targeted at the Pentagon but also foreign governments who might acquire the aircraft.  Some of the characteristics shown in the film include the plane's "fly by wire" capability, its unique bubble canopy, and its ability to accelerate faster than any other aircraft on the market.   The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, General Dynamics, War, U.S. Air Force, Fighter Aircraft
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This fascinating 1930s German silent educational film shows the many steps used in the sand casting process to produce a sculpted horse head.   Sand casting, also known as sand molded casting, is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mold material. The term "sand casting" can also refer to an object produced via the sand casting process. Sand castings are produced in specialized factories called foundries. Over 70% of all metal castings are produced via a sand...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Casting, Bronze, Sand Casting Deutsche, Germany, Sculpture
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Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
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This American Red Cross film "The Uncalculated Risk" was designed to present viewers with the dangers of taking up water sports such as white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking with little to no experience. It shows the threat of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water and flow through hazards while stressing the need for pre-experience training. The film opens with two young girls in life vests (:09) and a long line of vacationers carrying rafts and gear (:15). The...
Topics: 1970s, Water, Water Sports, Safety Film, Calculated Risk, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1951 by the Jam Handy Organization, makers of some of the greatest industrial films of the 20th Century, THE HEAD MAN Is a comical promo for Chevrolet.  The film focuses on the importance of understanding customer wants and needs as a part of a successful business.  In this case, through a series of flashbacks, a woman informs a psychiatrist about her husband Henry’s run-ins with poor customer service and subsequent odd behavior. While Henry never stands up for himself, he...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Salesman, General Motors, Jam Handy Selling Techniques, Sales,...
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This silent footage shows a visit to the United States by Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel, a former Wehrmacht general who went on to become a member of the West German legislature and an advisor on the formation of the new army the Bundeswehr. The film starts at National Airport with Manteuffel arriving on an American Airlines DC-6. He is then whisked to the Pentagon for meetings.Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel (14 January 1897 – 24 September 1978) was a German general during World War II who...
Topics: West German Legislator, Hasso, Eccard, Von Manteuffel, Washington DC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medical Film, Dog, Transplant, USAF, Research, Testing
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This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war.  The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft.  The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City.  The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright.  The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland
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This wonderful 1950s Chevrolet automobile promotional film features a wonderful yet ridiculous premise — a husband who happens to be an automobile engineer explaining to his wife all the innovations in post-WWII automobiles. Just like Macgyver, this guy is able to build models out of seemingly ordinary items that can be found at a picnic!  Some of the things shown are independent front suspension, center point steering, shock absorption,  and more. This film is part of the Periscope Film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Chevrolet, Shock Absorber, 1950's, General Motors
This short film shows crop dusting biplanes of the California Insecticide Service Company, or CISCO, at work over the farms of Lancaster, California.  Although the planes are clearly stunting for the camera, it's a fairly realistic portrait of the dangerous work of these pilots.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crop Dusting, Crop Duster, Barn Storming, Biplane
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
Topics: 1960s, Hawaii, Home Movie, Hula Show, Boat Cruise, Kilauea Volcano, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners working in the depths of a large coal mine, and their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.  An underground train system is also seen pulling ore cars out of the mine and into a massive elevator for transport to the surface.  Air hammers and other equipment for excavation is also shown.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coal Mining, Mine, Miner, Coal
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"Pinpoint for Science" celebrates Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the moon, that was launched on November 14th, 1969. This documentary starts with a series of images from Surveyor 3 which landed on the moon on April 19th, 1967 then gives highlights of the Apollo 12 mission as follows: launch footage [including the famous lightning strike to the Saturn V rocket], in-flight footage, control room tracking of rocket, in-orbit shots of moon, moon approaching after LOI [Lunar Orbit...
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Narrated by Glenn Ford, this 1960s film about the U.S. Coast Guard begins with a brief history of the service, and then shows the mission of the Coast Guard as it existed in the 1960s, featuring its aircraft and ships.  At 1:47, there are images of ships in distress and even an ocean liner on fire and sinking.  Coast Guard search and rescue is shown, with modern cutters on duty around the clock.  A water craft rescue is seen at the 3:15 mark, answering 50K calls each year.  Coast Guard...
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This 1960s color film produced by the United States Air Force offers a look at aircraft maintenance procedures and the often overlooked men who performed them during the Vietnam War era, using documentary footage and informal, macho narration to highlight the unique appeal and responsibility of what was once disparagingly known as the “grease monkey” profession, in a plea for respectability (15:05). The seal of the United States of America Department of the Air Force. Opening titles: “The...
Topics: Southeast Asia, 1960s, Air Force, Vietnam, F 150 Thunderchief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Here are two WWII U.S. Army Air Forces recruiting films. The first "Survival of the Fittest" is about how physical training is important for survival in combat. This is copyrighted 1944. The second, "Sustineo Atlas" is about the elite the Officers Candidate School. It dates to 1943. Opening titles: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (:06-:31). An U.S. Army Air Force officer who survived for weeks in the jungle receives a medal. Another officer receives a medal. He is seen walking...
Topics: WWII, US Army Air Force, Basic Training, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about the aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors. This is circa the mid-to-late-1950s. Opening titles: British Information Services presents  "Achievement In The Air" (:07-:34). Great Britain. Aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors aka the Farnborough Airshow.. People wait in line to go into a plane and look at it. A de Havilland Comet and a Bristol Type 167 Brabazon. Large crowds. Many...
Topics: 1950s, Farnborough Air Show, Brabazon, Avro 707B, Canberra Jet, Stock Footage, Periscope Film